#CyberAware is a monthly newsletter – created for parents – by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing resources to help you have a cyber-safe summer trip and navigate back-to-school shopping safely, along with recent family online safety news.Seasonal Resources from NCSA and Friends
- NCSA’s CyberTrip Advisor: As summer comes to a close, many families are embarking on late-season getaways. It’s important to protect your accounts and devices while on the go; that’s why NCSA has provided an informative tip sheet to help you be safer and more secure before and during your summer trip. Download it today!
- Tips for Safe Online Shopping: Back-to-school time means back-to-school shopping! Before you head to your favorite store or website to stock up on supplies, be sure to check out these safety tips for in-person or online shopping.
- Online Safety Games for the Family: Why not turn your summer downtime into an opportunity for you and your child to learn about online safety in a fun way? PBS has two games – the Webonauts Internet Academy for kids and the NOVA Labs Cybersecurity Lab for teens and young adults – that discuss online safety, cybersecurity and privacy; check them out and consider playing these or other online safety games at home this summer.
Online Safety in the News
- The New York Times’ recent article “What’s the Right Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?“ discusses the
increasingly early ages at which kids are using mobile devices, the varying opinions on what age is the right age for smartphone use and the importance of teaching kids how to use devices responsibly.
- Although the internet provides many benefits for children’s growth and connection to the world, it can also be a place for unkind treatment and cyberbullying. ConnectSafely’s recent blog post discusses the risks LGBTQ youth face online, like harassment and intolerance, and the ways in which technology can also help LGBTQ youth feel safer and more accepted.
New Blog Post – The Internet of Toys: Kids and the Connected Home
The growing prevalence and popularity of internet-connected toys like Furby, Dino and Hello Barbie, home gadgets like the Amazon Echo and Mother and the widespread use of apps like Pokémon Go, have intensified the debate over the privacy implications of kids connecting to technology. Passcode, the Family Online Safety Institute and the Future of Privacy Forum recently hosted a discussion on kids, connected toys and home devices and privacy. Check out our recap of the event on the Stay Safe Online Blog.Be a Part of Something Big! Become a NCSAM Champion
Now you can be a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)! Sign up, take action and make a difference in online safety and security this October. It is our shared responsibility to protect our digital community, and everyone’s participation matters. 2016 NCSAM Champions receive a toolkit of materials to help promote the month. To become an individual NCSAM Champion, simply fill out our registration form and pledge to participate with one or more of the suggested actions. For more information about NCSAM, check out our infographic on ways to get involved.
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